A podcast where two philosophers chat about Dragon Age
Episode Five: No More Hip Sway!
In this episode, Kira and Jill discuss the way gender is represented across all three Dragon Age games. We consider character creation, gender roles and gender and power in Thedas, the performance of gender in the game, and gender identity. References: de Beauvoir, Simone (1953) The Second Sex, translated by H.M. Parshley, New York: Knopf. […]
Episode Four: “Are Two Successes a Failure?”
In this episode Kira and Jill discuss personal identity and sense of self as presented in the Dragon Age games. From Anders and Justice, to Flemith and Mythal to Cole’s transformation from spirit-like to human-like, questions regarding identity are peppered throughout these games. Over and over in the games we are invited to ask what […]
Episode Three: “Humans Are the Worst”
In this episode, Kira and Jill examine depictions of oppression and resistance in the Dragon Age games. We draw on the works of Marilyn Frye for understanding oppression. We also draw on standpoint theory, a feminist theory of knowledge developed by Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding and Nancy Hartsock among others. Finally, we draw on epistemologies […]
Episode Two: “Stabby Stab Stab!”
In this episode we examine the ways that love, sex, romance and relationships are presented in Dragon Age 2. We apply the Ancient Philosophical concepts of Eros, Agape and Philia to examine different representations of love in the game. And we discuss Sex Negative Feminism, Sex Positive Feminism, and the Gender Binary to examine ways […]
Episode One: “The Least Crappy Option”
In this episode we examine what we like to call “mini moral dilemmas”. We look at three moral dilemmas that occur across the three Dragon Age games. We apply three ethical theories: Kantian Deontology, Utilitarianism, and Ethics of Care in order to illustrate what makes these moral dilemmas genuine dilemmas and to illustrate how moral […]
A Brief Introduction to Andraste’s Gadfly
Want to know what Andraste’s Gadfly is about? Here’s a bit of an introduction to the podcast of two philosophers who are slightly obsessed with the Dragon Age games!